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Sorry for the delay, been a bit under the weather.

From a Catholic point of view, we do not know the state of ones soul at the end of their lives. What we know about Judas is that he was an Apostle, chosen by Christ. He did betray our Lord, and why we don’t know fully. He did go back to the Chief Priests and try to revoke his betrayal, and was refused by the Chief Priests. He hanged himself and was buried in a potters field.

What we don’t know is if he made a perfect act of contrition before he died. A perfect act of contrition is expressing to God sorrow for one’s sins because God is deserving of our love as expressed by wanting to do his will, and not sinning. Imperfect Contrition is sorrow for our sins because we are afraid of the pains of hell.

Since we don’t know for sure why he did what he did, if he was manipulated, or did not know fully what would happen to Jesus, we can’t really judge, that is for God, who knows fully the state of Judas’ soul.

In like manner, the Catholic Church has never stated that anyone, even the leaders of the Protestant Reformation or Anti-Catholics of our modern day are in hell.

The writers of the New Yorker, and other secular magazines, are not the sources I would look to for authentic Catholic, or any other religious teachings.